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Banks is located in Washington County, northwest of Portland, between Vernonia and Cornelius along Hwy 47 and on the banks of the West Fork Dairy Creek. Banks is also situated between Highway 26, and Highway 6 to Tillamook.

There is also a Banks, Idaho.

Banks is part of the Portland-Vancouver, Oregon-WA metro area.

The early pioneers settled in Banks around 1840 using Government donation land claims of 640 acres each. The Peyton Wilkes land claim is the site of the present town of Banks.

The Banks area offers a wide variety of cultural and recreational opportunities. Three golf courses and several parks are nearby. Antique and craft shops, a public library and several restaurants are located within the city limits. The primary industries are agriculture and timber.

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12/13 Coming to The area
Water Music Festival Seaview WA April1 The Water Music Festival is an all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to bringing quality chamber music to the Lower Columbia River Region.
Astoria-Warrenton Crab and Seafood Festival Warrenton OR April26 Crab and seafood as well as entertainment. Listen to the Astoria HS Jazz Band on Sunday.
Grays Harbor Shorebird Festival Hoquiam WA April26-28 Witness the migrating shorebirds at Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge and other birding hotspots in Grays Harbor County.
Columbia Gorge Wine and Pear Fest Hood River OR May18-19 Start off the weekend with friends and fun featuring Columbia Gorge wineries and eateries. Highlights include entertainment, live music, wine tasting, great food, fruit exhibits with samples, and local artisans.
4th Annual Tenor Guitar Gathering Astoria OR May30-June2 You'll hear guitars, ukeleles, banjos, and fiddles playing their tunes at the tenor guitar gathering.